Ivanovic excels

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Italy's Sara Errani at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 24, 2009, during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Italy's Sara Errani at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 24, 2009, during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

PARIS - Defending champion Ana Ivanovic swept into the French Open last 32 here yesterday with a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 victory over Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn.

PARIS - Defending champion Ana Ivanovic swept into the French Open last 32 here yesterday with a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 victory over Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn.

The 21-year-old Serbian has experienced a disappointing 12 months since lifting her first major title at Roland Garros last summer, but she looked in tip-top condition as she engineered her passage into the third round.

"The conditions were slower than in the first match so it took time to adjust," said Ivanovic.

"There were some easier points than I had anticipated and that was a bonus."

Women's top seed Dinara Safina enjoyed another French Open breeze, defeating teenage compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko 6-1, 6-1 to set up a last 32 clash with another Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Maria Sharapova also advanced to last 32 with a marathon 6-2 1-6 8-6 win over Russian compatriot Nadia Petrova as the former world number one's comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off rocketed to another level.

Sharapova, whose world ranking has slumped to 102 as a consequence of her recovery from a shoulder operation, will now face Kazakh qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova for a place in the last 16.

The 22-year-old Sharapova was back on the same Suzanne Lenglen Court where, last year, she let slip a set and 5-2 lead, as well as a match point, in a fourth round defeat to fellow Russian Dinara Safina.

In the men's section, world number three Andy Murray needed a burst of aggression to survive a mid-match meltdown and beat Italian Potito Starace 6-3 2-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round.

The Briton, who has never won a title on clay, had comfortably taken the first set against the world number 104 before falling apart in the second and finding himself set point down at 5-1 in the third.

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